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Is there such a thing as a niche amp? your opinion...

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Different headphones have different strengths for different genres of music.  I don't particularly like a super-impactful bass response from my headphones if the genre is classical for instance.  

 

It got me wondering, can certain amps be better suited towards specific genres?  Or rather, can certain types of qualities be better suited genres.

 

Looking forward to your answers

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Sure. The first that comes to mind is running single-ended DHTs. They're typically a little slow and soft down low, but add magic to the mids. If you enjoy vocals/mids without needing a lot of low end, something running 2A3, 300B, 45, et al. tubes would suit you nicely.

You'll find lots of other combinations of tubes and circuits to each do their own thing. There are lots of combinations.

I don't know if solid state gives you quite so much range, though. If you want a tube amp specifically tuned to your tastes, you should be able to find one or custom build it. There are lots of DIY circuits out there. Shame that a lot of them aren't available unless you build them yourself or find someone else for a one-off.
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To answer the OP's question:

I find that certain amps pair better with certain headphones than others, some almost to the point that its not worth owning one without the other. BUT once you pass a certain threshold of lack of quality the headphone dominates the sound. I welcome sighted AB tests to say otherwise, amps with creative tone controls or EQ's are excluded although their design intrigues me (and the last one I heard sounded absolutely stupid good with the Beyer T1)

 

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I don't know if solid state gives you quite so much range, though. If you want a tube amp specifically tuned to your tastes, you should be able to find one or custom build it. There are lots of DIY circuits out there. Shame that a lot of them aren't available unless you build them yourself or find someone else for a one-off.


Solid state amps offer nearly as much "potential for sound" as tube amps. Unfortunately the vast majority of what people look at in SS amps are power op amps. Once you have 40db of global feedback the amp pretty much sounds like the feedback loop. There is a little room for some uniqueness or tweakability to the sound in there, but yea, not really.

 

Open loop, low global feedback, and high global feedback designs all sound different from each other.

 

After that, there are as you said tons of options in topologies not to mention the different sounds you get from rolling transistors like some roll tubes. Depending on how far down the "more feedback is more better" ethos your design takes you will determine whether its worth swapping parts.

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